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How Much Open Space Does the City Have?

Today, about 38 percent of the city, over 9,400 acres, has been set aside as permanent open space. More than 78 percent of this acreage is natural open space, including land that protects sensitive plants and animal species. Under the city’s award-winning Growth Management Plan, the amount of open space is equivalent to almost eight times the size of Balboa Park.

 

Open Space as of January, 2014 

Type of Open Space

Acres

Natural resources (Habitat Management Plan preserves and natural open spaces)

7,397

 

Production of resources (agriculture, reservoirs, etc.)

326

Outdoor recreation (Public parks, trails, etc.) 

1,169

Aesthetic purposes  (green belts, gateways to communities)

543

Public health and safety  (steep slopes, bluffs, fire buffer areas)

0

Total Open Space

9,435